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Dominican Republic Golf Vacations

Reprinted with permission from Golf Odyssey.

Dye Fore’s surprisingly hilly terrain and dramatic siting above the Chavon River makes for a stunning contrast with Teeth of the Dog (Courtesy of Casa de Campo).


No golf destination in the Americas is currently making bigger waves than the Dominican Republic.

While the locals go crazy for baseball, golf travelers find themselves going gaga over the island’s expanding array of world-class courses.

Indeed, if you want the best of Caribbean golf, you must go to the Dominican.

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<center/>You wouldn’t mistake it for Casa de Campo, but Viking’s Exotic Resort can provide a one-of-a-kind Dominican Republic golf vacation experience.” width=”300″ height=”340″ /><p class=Viking Resort's golf tournament is probably the most unique one you'll find on a Dominican Republic golf vacation.

[Update: Viking Resort has closed, but there are plenty of similar resorts listed in the free guide below.]

If you’re easily offended, you may want to stop reading now.

Ok. We warned you.

On Friday, nine men will be competing in a tournament as part of a unique Dominican Republic Golf Vacation, one that includes the “companionship” of a gaggle of beautiful, female escorts. Yes, at this tournament, everyone scores well.

The tournament has become an annual event for Viking’s Exotic Resort, a small, Dominican Republic hideaway where you not only choose the type of villa you want to stay in, but also the girls you’re going to share it with. 

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The little-known private course you can play on Domican Republic Golf Vacations has a Casa de Campo connection (Teeth of the Dog pictured).

I received a bunch of nice emails and comments on my last tip about how you can play an excellent, private golf course in Puerto Rico.

So, today, I thought I’d follow up with another one that I think you’re really going to love.

That’s because it concerns one of the largest, most popular golf resorts in the entire Caribbean – one I’m sure you’ve considered or possibly even visited.

What you probably didn’t do, however, was play its fun, private course, because most people don’t know it even exists.

I assure you, it does, and here’s how you can play it.

For years, Casa de Campo resort has been synonymous with Dominican Republic Golf Vacations, and for good reason.

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Officially private, for now anyone can play the Corales Course on their Dominican Republic golf vacations.

Officially private, for now anyone can play Puntacana Resort & Club's Corales Course on their Dominican Republic golf vacations (Photo by Evan Schiller).

There’s a pretty simple reason why Dominican Republic Golf Vacations are quickly becoming the best golf getaways in the Caribbean: they keep opening fantastic courses there.

One of them is Tom Fazio’s long-awaited Corales Course at Puntacana Resort & Club, which officially opened over the weekend  (it unofficially opened six months ago).

If you believe what’s written in the mainstream media and on Puntacana Resort’s website, only members and a limited number of resort guests are able to play this private, oceanside beauty.

We know differently, and here’s how you can play it: 

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JetBlue is adding nonstop flights from New York and Boston, making Dominican Republic golf vacations that much more convenient.

JetBlue is adding nonstop flights from New York and Boston, making Dominican Republic golf vacations that much more convenient.

Taking Dominican Republic Golf Vacations to the buzzing Punta Cana area just got a whole lot easier and more enjoyable for those of you living in New York and Boston.

On May 6, JetBlue will begin offering daily nonstop flights, year round, between Punta Cana (airport code: PUJ) and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK). 

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Golf Odyssey's editors will answer subscriber questions about Dominican Republic golf vacations (Punta Espada Golf Course pictured) and all others worldwide.

Golf Odyssey's editors will answer subscriber questions about Dominican Republic golf vacations (Punta Espada Golf Course pictured) and all others worldwide.

About a month ago, Golf Odyssey received the following email from Susan R.:

“I know it is brand new, but have you heard anything about staying at the Golden Bear Lodge at Cap Cana resort on Dominican Republic golf vacations?

I’m already booked at the Sanctuary Cap Cana, but I’m considering switching because the Golden Bear Lodge looks beautiful and they are offering a really good deal.”

As luck would have it, Golf Odyssey’s editors had just arrived at Cap Cana to conduct one of their trademark, “secret shopper” inspections.

Below is the report they sent back to Susan right away. I think you’ll find it interesting even if you’re not interested in Dominican Republic Golf Vacations

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<center>The 17th at the Faldo Legacy Course: High drama for Dominican Republic golf vacations.</center>

The 17th at the Faldo Legacy Course: High drama for Dominican Republic golf vacations.

Upon visiting the Punta Cana area on a Dominican Republic Golf Vacation last winter, we came back predicting that it, “is poised to become the golf mecca of the Caribbean,” mainly on the strength of its beaches, fine hotels, and existing and future golf courses led by Jack Nicklaus’ Punta Espada.

Perhaps it was validation that, months later, Golfweek magazine came out with its list of “Best Caribbean Courses,” and Punta Espada was ranked No. 1. 

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<center>Right now, Punta Espada is the top Punta Cana golf course to play on a Dominican Republic golf vacation.</center>

Right now, Punta Espada is the top Punta Cana golf course to play on a Dominican Republic golf vacation.

If you’ve been reading our golf vacation advisories for awhile, you may recall us tipping you off about the Dominican Republic’s Punta Cana region and how it is poised to become the next great Caribbean golf vacation destination.

Well, we recently came across a Discount Golf Vacation package offering two-for-one green fees at Punta Espada, a Jack Nicklaus Signature design that can currently lay claim to being the best Punta Cana golf course (there are several more under contract and construction).  

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